The Juvenile Antaresian Spider is an enemy that appears in Serious Sam 3: BFE, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, and Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Juvenile Antaresian Spider belongs to a race of arachnid-like aliens from Antares Prime, a planet that orbits a red supergiant star. Due to the sheer size of this star, this has led to the planet's organisms to become extremely large.

Compared to Hatchling Antaresian Spiders, Juveniles are larger and stronger with increased health. Despite this, they can still be killed with one hit from an Axe or Sledgehammer, and can also be gibbed with the AS-24 Devastator, C-4 Demolition Charge or XPML21 Rocket Launcher. They can also be killed instantly with the Melee Grab feature. If the player presses the Use key when they get close to a Juvenile, Sam will rip off its casing, instantly killing it.

Occurrence[edit | edit source]

In the games they appear in, Juvenile Spiders usually serve as main ranged/melee hybrid frontline units or used in small ambushes.

In Serious Sam 3, they first appear in Into the Spider's Nest along with Hatchlings. Later on, they appear much more frequently in giant swarms by the end of the last level.

In Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, Juveniles are just as common in this game as they are in Serious Sam 3, though this time they come out of holes from under the ground. Each hole contains up to 3 spiders. Large groups of spiders appear during the fight with Tetrachoke. Their role during this fight is to try to distract the player and attempt to have the player concentrate their fire on the spiders rather than Tetrachoke himself.

In Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, Juveniles appear on the first level of the game, Monolith of Time. Like the previous games, they are fairly common enemies, appearing on most levels. They are usually paired with Hatchling Spiders or other enemies.

Behavior and skills[edit | edit source]

Juvenile Spiders are much larger than hatchlings, and have stronger jaws as well as a more developed exoskeleton, which protects them from multiple bullet shots and allowing them to endure more damage than the Hatchlings. They can also cling to walls and celings just like the Hatchlings.

When a Juvenile Spider spots the player, it will fire a ball of acid as its primary attack, which is produced by glands in their tail. These projectiles do not home in on the player, and can be destroyed by gunfire. If the Juvenile gets too close to the player, they will bite them with their jaws, which deals moderate damage.

In the Serious Sam Fusion version of Serious Sam 3 on Serious difficulty, Juveniles will occasionally fire green acid balls that can bounce off surfaces and ceilings that are much harder to avoid. They can be seen doing this when they stay still momentarily and start charging up the acid from their mouths.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

  • While having almost the same health as Kleer Skeletons and filling the same role in combat, these enemies are significantly easier to deal with. They do not have as much speed and lack the Kleer's deadly lunging attack. Their only advantages are that they can climb on walls and have faster projectiles.
  • Two close to medium-range shots from the pump-action shotgun or one shot from the Double Barrel Coach Gun are enough to kill one at close range, although larger packs of them can be dealt with the rocket launcher, especially if an ammo crate containing unlimited rockets is present.
  • Smaller groups can effectively be dealt by using melee attacks or the Sledgehammer. Care should be taken to dodge their acid spit when they are about to fire.
  • Extremely large groups (i.e. the horde in The Guardian of Time) can be dealt with using the XM214-A Minigun.
  • Oddly, their acid spit attack can be shot out of the air.
  • When these spiders appear with other enemies, they are usually a low or medium-low priority target. Most of the other enemies are more powerful, faster or have harder-to-dodge attacks. However, despite their low profile, they have a tendency to block more dangerous enemies like Kleer Skeletons and Beheaded Kamikazes, making their movement more unpredictable.

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike the Juveniles in Serious Sam 3, their projectiles cannot be shot out of the air and must be avoided.
  • Be careful when engaging spiders in areas with large holes, as this is where they emerge from and they can quickly swarm you in seconds.
  • The Erasergun, Flamethrower, Laser Cannon (especially the upgraded version), Thompson submachine gun and Devastator are great weapons against large groups of spiders, as they have much lower health in this game compared to Serious Sam 3.
  • The Auto Shotgun, pump-action shotgun or Super Shotgun are effective to use against small groups of spiders.
  • During the fight with Tetrachoke, only concentrate on the spiders if you're low on health or if their numbers get too big. Shooting at them constantly with strong weapons is a waste of ammo that should be really used on the boss.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[edit | edit source]

  • When paired with Hatchlings, the P-LAH Chainsaw or Laser Sword can quickly take them out, especially if both weapons are dual-wielded.
  • Dual-wield assault rifles, miniguns or rocket launchers are useful for taking out swarms of Juveniles at a time.
  • The RAPTOR Sniper Rifle is also a great weapon for eliminating groups of Juveniles.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

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Rip 10 Juvenile spiders apart.

Serious Sam Fusion[edit | edit source]

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Rip 10 Juvenile spiders apart.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Juveniles were meant to fire lightning from their back instead of acid projectiles, as seen in the concept art below.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Retail[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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